Welcome to yumsome, where you will be transported to a world filled with heady aromas, a world of exotic locations, a world of culinary delights. A world which, during those times you’re not able to be elsewhere, you can explore through my words and pictures, and your own skills in the kitchen.
How can I help you?
I'm guessing that you're here because you want delicious food that's easy to make with readily-available ingredients. Am I right? Well lucky you, you've come to the right place!
Almost all of my recipes can be made with ingredients which most of us have in the pantry, and those that can be easily sourced from farmers markets and grocery stores. Occasionally, you may find ingredients you can't buy on the high street, in which case, they are easily bought online from retailers such as Amazon, iHerb, BuyWholeFoodsOnline, Real Food Source, etc. I always provide links to make life even easier for you!
Put some yum in your tum!
A Venetian-Brit, I have, for the most part, lived a nomadic existence, and have had 55 homes around the world. I’ve cooked in restaurants in Thailand, India, and Britain, and have consulted on menus for restaurants & hotels across the world, from Japan to the USA.
More locally, my cakes and savouries can be enjoyed in many cafés and guesthouses around Britain.
My work has been featured in some of the world's best-known publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Grazia, Femina, Stylecaster, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian.
My mission is to demonstrate that great food doesn't have to be complicated. Click the pics below to be taken to such deliciousness as my Italian caponata, Thai yum som-o, Indian masala chai, Levantine shakshuka, Romanian zacuscă, and more!
Why not take a look at my world-famous sausages and carrot bacon, too? And from time to time, you may even discover me indulging my geek credentials, with recipes such as Alex Kamal's lasagna!
Food is often a big factor in where I choose to live and visit.
For example, the local cuisine was the main reason I went to live in Kerala (South India) a few years back. The food was astonishing - truly astonishing - and I learned that everything I thought I knew about Indian food was basically wrong!
Or rather, that there is a world of difference between British Indian food (yum!) and Indian Indian food (super-yum!). Keralan food now sits atop my list of favourite cuisines, in the company of Khmer... and Italian, of course.
In many places I've lived, I've made friends with local restaurant and café owners, and cooked in their kitchens with them. They were utterly brilliant experiences! I'm incredibly grateful to have been able to cook in kitchens all over the world, and now I bring that experience to you... along with some of my childhood family favourites!
I love cucina povera - simple, frugal, delicious food... no matter where in the world it comes from. As one of my culinary heroes, Carluccio, always said, good food should be MOFMOF - minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour!